Venus Fly Trap, the ever-hungry plants are so common that their novelty status has made them an endangered species in some areas where they grow wild. While Dionaea muscipula, also a plant with a reputation, is fascinating as a carnivorous plant that feeds on flies, spiders, and other small insects, there are others in the plant kingdom that are just as interesting. But there are more interesting and weird looking plants you should know about.
Stinking Corpse Lily
Rafflesia arnoldii, its scientific name, is the largest single plant on Earth. It grows in Borneo and Sumatra and can reach a diameter of 3 ft and weigh up to 11 kilograms. But there is another unique aspect that makes this plant interesting. It smells like rotting flesh, giving it the name of Stinking Corpse Lily. The stench has a functional purpose, as it attracts flies, beetles and other insects for pollination.
The Amorphophallus Titanum can grow as many as 10 to 12 ft in the air, with a trumpet-like spathe that, when opened, exposes a central spadix reminiscent of a loaf of French bread. The Titan arum, blossoms just a few times in its 40-year life cycle. When it does, it produces quite a scent. In its first eight hours of blooming, the plant emits a terrible smell of rotting meat with a deep maroon to the purplish interior of the spa, completing the illusion of decomposing flesh.
This plant is lethal. Below the surface of the lakes and ponds where it grows, there is a network of branches and bladder traps that suck in everything from insects to tiny crustaceans that become its food source.